May 232016

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We will be closed on Friday, 27th and Monday, 30th May for May weekend and Tuesday, 31st May for an In Service Day. 

The family centre will reopen on Wednesday, 1st June as normal. 

May 232016

A reminder that the class of 2016 will be graduating on Friday, 17th June 2016 at St Thomas Church Hall.  The times for AM and PM graduations are;  10.15am and 13.45pm.  More information will follow.
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Parent Consultations will commence as follows, please see your child’s key worker if you havent already made an appointment.  Thank you.

Purple Group            Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Green Group             Thursday, 2nd June 2016

Yellow Group            Friday, 3rd June 2016

Blue Group                Monday, 6th June 2016

Red Group                 Tuesday, 7th June 2016

Orange Group           Wednesday, 8th June 2016


May 132016

Last week our final egg hatched, we named this chick Lucky.  Mrs Robertson took the chicks home last weekend to take care of them whilst the Family Centre was shut.  When they returned on Monday the children couldnt believe how big they were getting!  They had even started to grow feathers instead of fluff!

Today it was time to say goodbye to our chicks.  They were rehomed with Elyza and Zofia’s families.  We have had great fun looking after our chicks and the children (and parents) have enjoyed watching them grow.

Elyza and Zofia’s mums have promised to keep us up-to-date with how the chicks get on.

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May 132016


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All ante-pre school children have received a letter in relation to dental inspections that will be happening here at Madras Family Centre.  Should you wish your child not to have this inspection please write to the Family Centre.

May 122016

We are holding a Book Fair here at Madras starting today and ending on Tuesday, 17th May. 

These will be available at the start and end of each session in the hallway of Playrooms 1 and 2.

The good news is all books are half price! 

Pop in and have a look, there are lots to choose from.

May 052016

We had a very special delivery of eggs to the Family Centre on Tuesday. This has caused lots of excitement in not only the children but in the parents and staff also!

These eggs were all put inside an incubator and the waiting started……

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We counted the eggs, there were 10 of them.

When we arrived at nursery the next day one of the eggs had hatched!  It was a girl, the children named her Zara.

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Later that morning more of the eggs began to crack, “its coming out” Charlie said. It was another girl and she was named Belle!  “They came out the egg” said Jessica, “its so cute” Eulalie said. 

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Another girl and a boy hatched!  Their names are Daisy and Robin. “The eggs cracking” said Mya, Ava said “Twins like us”. Ocean said “Its a girl”.

Batman followed quickly behind and then Rocky hatched just before it was time for the staff to go home.

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When we came in the next morning another two had hatched overnight, a boy called Marshall and a girl called Buttercup.

It was getting a bit crowded in the incubator so we moved the chicks to a special box that is called a brooder.  This has a light in it to keep the chicks warm and we have made a bed for the chicks and given them water and food. Boyd said “They live in a coup”.

When we were moving them the children were able to hold the chicks, Ewan said “Its so soft”, Jamie said “Its fluffy”, “Its nails dig in” said Alex.

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We are now waiting on our other two hatching.

To be continued………


Apr 212016




Long may this lovely warm weather continue!

Please remember when it is nice and sunny to send your child to nursery wearing sunscreen and a sun hat.



Apr 192016

Kids Graduation

All pre-school childen will have their photos taken both individually and as the graduating “Class of 2016” – AM and PM session. 

Picture Panda will provide children with graduation hats and gowns for photos.  They have also asked that photos are taken in children’s bare feet. 

The anticipated schedule for these photographs are as follows:

Room 1 (Red, Purple and Orange Groups)  –  Thursday, 21st April 2016

Room 2 (Blue and Green Groups)                  –  Friday, 22nd April 2016

Unfortunately these are the only two days Picture Panda are in attendance at nursery, therefore, if your child will not be at nursery on their allocated room day please let staff know and we will do our best to ensure their photographs are taken on the alternate day.

All photographs and packages will be on sale at our Graduation Ceremonies (both AM and PM sessions) on Friday, 17th June 2016.

Apr 012016

Spring Break

We will close today for the Spring Break and will reopen on
Monday, 18th April 2016.
All the staff at Madras Family Centre wish you a happy holiday!
Mar 312016
We celebrated Easter with a Fun Day here at Madras. 
We offered children lots of different experiences, these included face painting, making Easter accessories, baking chocolate nests, Easter egg hunt and various arts and crafts. 
Children also were given the opportunity to move freely around both playrooms which proved very successful.  We trialled self service at snack time where children were given the opportunity to prepare snack.  This took place on picnic benches within our hallway and gave the children the chance to mix with other children from both playrooms. 
Children’s feedback (click on link) was very positive and this is something that we aim to trial on a Friday in the last term.  This would involve children preparing their own snack, socialising with friends and using money in a tuck shop format.  More information regarding this will follow.
We also had an Easter Raffle for the opportunity to win one of two Build a Bear Rabbits or a Chocolate Egg, this was won by:
1st Prize        Emily Arthur
2nd Prize      Charlotte Elliot
3rd Prize       Charlie Heron

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Mar 312016
Madras Family Centre were visited by  ‘Bag Girl’ an Eco Warrior who is helping our children to save the world.  She discussed with the children how important it is to care for the environment and the animals on our planet.  All children were taught special superhero actions and played games with ‘Bag Girl’ whilst being taught how to recycle.  The children all enjoyed these workshops and were given a special Recycling Heroes bag to use at the shops.

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Mar 312016
Parents/Carers were invited to take part in a 8 week ‘Eat Better Feel Better’ course.  We are lucky enough for this to be led by a community chef Katrina McFarlane alongside Mrs Armstrong.  This course is about encouraging healthy eating for the family and making alternative healthy family meals.  This has been well received by the parents taking part and at the end of the course their child will be invited to take part with them.

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Mar 312016
You may have noticed when bringing your child to the Family Centre that we have been promoting PoPP (Psychology of Parenting Programme).  Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Crookshank along with Barbara Ann Wilson from the Health Visiting Team have been providing parents with information to support their parenting alongside the Triple PPP and Incredible Years programmes. 
Should you wish more information on these programmes please see Mrs Armstrong or Mrs Crookshank.

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Mar 312016
Madras Family Centre celebrated World Book Day by inviting the parents/carers and siblings of our children along to the Centre for family Bookbug sessions.  We listened and joined in with our favourite stories and rhymes.
It was great to see so many parents/carers and siblings joining in with the singing and having fun, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!


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We also visited the library where we got to look at a variety of books and the librarian read us a story.  The librarian also gave us information about joining the library so that we could come back with our families and take books out.


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Mar 242016

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As always its been a busy couple of weeks at Madras Family Centre and time has flown by in the lead up to Easter.  Some of our more recent events involved, Big Brushathon, Eat Better Feel Better, Earth Hour, Recycling Superhero Performance, Primary 1 Transition Information Evening and of course today’s very well received Easter fun day.

Please keep your eye on our website at the start of next week for some of our feedback and photos from these events.

The staff at Madras Family Centre would like to wish you all a safe and happy Easter weekend and look forward to seeing you all again when we return on Tuesday, 29th March at the normal times.

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